Tyson Fury produced a stunning performance of patience and power to stop Deontay Wilder in the seventh round to finally win the WBC world heavyweight title.
Fourteen months on from his controversial draw with Wilder – when he outboxed the champion only for two knockdowns to deny him the famous green belt – Fury had vowed to take the fight to the American.
He did just that, flooring the champion twice and completely dominating the action before Wilder's corner threw the towel in to save the despairing, bewildered champion from more punishment.
After the fight, Fury was asked about his future plans – including a potential rematch and a clash with Anthony Joshua…
Here is the full transcript of what was said…
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Tyson Fury takes the microphone…
“Were you not entertained?”
“Deontay Wilder never went down easy. I have a lump on the side my temple. I had to overcome a lot. I always believed if he couldn’t beat when I was at 50 per cent, then I knew he had no chance.
“I look forward to the next fight, the rematch if he wants it.
“I was pretty p***** because I predicted round two.
“I had nothing to hide, I said what I would do to him. I’ve never been the type of boxer to sit back.
“When I made the decision to leave Ben Davison, who did very well for me, people questioned that. But I did it for a reason and it’s worked out the best for me.”
What was your gameplan?
“What I did didn’t work last time. A draw is a failure in my book because I didn’t win. I wanted a KO and the only way I could guarantee a win was by knockout.
“SugarHill told me that I could knock him out and I believed him. He told me I would knock him out.
“I felt Deontay’s jab had improved. I was very impressed with his double jab and credit to his team for that.”
Was it your most complete performance?
“I’m my own worst critic. I know I can do better. I’ve only just started with this style.
“It takes years to perfect, but I’m a quick learner, don’t forget. He said I can’t punch. He said I have two pillow fists, so not bad for an old fat guy, who can’t punch!”
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Will Anthony Joshua be next?
“I want to enjoy the spoils of war first and my after-fight party at Hakkasan, the Gypsy King is taking over!
“Deontay Wilder will need time to recover. I think he will want to take the rematch, so I’m pretty sure we will do it again. If not, these are the people (his promoters) who will decide and what ever they want to do against whoever.”
Are you now the biggest puncher in the division?
“I’m supposed to be an old feather duster who couldn’t crack eggs! My record now is 30 wins with 29 KOs. Not bad and I’ve never looked for knockout.
“With this technique, we can knock out anybody. When I jumped on the scales and weighed over 270lbs, people said I had underestimated Wilder. Tonight in there I felt like a beast.”
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